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Sep
2016

 
Sometimes a good thing can come out of a very bad thing. That is, in many ways, the story behind Erin’s Law.
The bad thing is sexual abuse of a child – first by a neighbor and then by a cousin. The good thing is the fact that the victim – Erin Merryn, now 31 and a mother – not only spoke up, but became the driving force behind a law that has now been passed in 28 states, including Delaware, where Junior League members had a lot to do with …

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Feb
2016

In case you missed it, February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, more than 1 in 10 teens have been physically abused by a boyfriend or girlfriend in the last year. As that statistic suggests, teen dating violence is a problem that crosses both geographic and demographic lines. And it’s a good bet that it’s a problem in your community, too.
Teen dating violence has many causes, but lack of self-esteem among girls is clearly a major factor. That’s why …

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Nov
2015

Doubtless the most famous friend of Mary Harriman, Eleanor Roosevelt died 53 years ago this month. Her early work with the Junior League of the City of New York helped the shy young woman find her voice, and the work she and other early League members did in the intense poverty of the settlement houses of the Lower East side was her introduction to the public service which became her life’s work.
Three times a first lady, the first U.S. delegate to the newly established United Nations, chair of JFK’s Commission …

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Nov
2013

It’s called Remembrance Day in Canada (and in other Commonwealth countries) and Veteran’s Day in the U.S., but it all comes down to the same thing: the fighting that killed an estimated 10 million soldiers and 7 million civilians in Europe almost a century ago came to an end on November 11, 1918…and the 11th day of November has ever since been a day to commemorate the event.
But the war also took place at a time of greater civic leadership for women and, while they were not combatants, their roles …